Trump dumped: Chicago protesters shut down rally

Thousands of people gather at the University of Illinois at Chicago to protest Trump rally. Photo: CodePink.

Anti-Trump protesters successfully shut down a Donald Trump rally in Chicago on March 11. Crowds started gathering early to protest Trump's appearance, as part of his campaign to win the Republican presidential primaries.

"Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight's rally will be postponed to another date," the Trump campaign said in a statement.

Local sources reported clashes between Trump's supporters and opponents inside the building where the meeting was due, but also outside, when the police forced Trump supporters to exit the building.

Earlier on March 11, police had to escort a bloodied Black man out of a Trump rally in St Louis, Missouri. Other violent incidents at the event were also reported on social media and local media.

Videos showed angry supporters shouting racist and sexist slurs, as well as people inciting violence. At least one person was arrested.

The Republican candidate has been increasingly criticised for inciting violence among his supporters.

During the Republican debate the night before, he justified such violence, responding to CNN anchor: "I certainly do not condone that. When (rally attendees) see what's going on in this country, they have anger ... They love this country. We have some protesters who are bad dudes, they've done bad things."

Because of fears the rally could turn violent, over 200 university staffers launched a online demanding Trump rally be cancelled.

“Donald Trump is running on a platform of hate and dangerous intolerance. It has no place in Chicago but especially not at an institution of higher learning,” said the petition.

"In many instances Trump rallies have led to students, youth, and people of color being violently attacked by attendees.”

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